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What do you want to know about Peru?

I am heading to Peru for 3 weeks of meetings with fellow travel professionals; visits to famous sights; trekking and tours with various vendors.
My mission is to experience Peru first hand so that I can direct my clients to the right Peruvian adventures for them.
What places do you want me to report back on?
What questions would you ask the local Peru pros?
What foods do you think I should try?
Follow along with me and give me your feedback, questions and queries. It should be a great adventure!

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Finding the “bad” so you don’t!

Paracas Posted on Sun, June 18, 2017 08:10:36

Fam(iliarization) trips aren’t all fun and games and good online reviews aren’t always matched by reality. I take my role of researching places for my clients seriously. As part of that I purposefully stayed at different hotels while in Lima. Both are highly rated on multiple internet sites. Both are in desirable areas, both are bed and breakfast style . One was chic, modern, clean, spacious and took pains to make guests welcome. Big things like air conditioning and a nice bathroom plus little things like filtered water, coffee and tea being readily available made for a great stay. The other place was older construction but instead of being quaint it smelled of must, was very noisy, had bugs crawling all over the teeny bathroom, a loud creaky fan, furniture so old you couldn’t safely sit, water for purchase only and forgot about our wake up call and breakfast! 2 similar ratings, similar price, very different experiences- I know which one I would want my clients to experience! My next example of the importance in first hand knowledge came on the journey to/from Lima and Paracas. There are 2 major competing bus companies that tourists take. I rode one to Paracas, the other back. Both companies used large double decker Mercedes brand buses. On the way up we embarked from a clean, organized terminal just was much like an airport experience. On board were pillows, blankets, reclining seats, tray tables, a private screen to watch tv, plug in and use the internet and stewardesses providing a pre departure safety briefing and then later lunch. It was like flying business class! The 2nd bus company departed from a storefront on a dirt road. The bus that pulled up looked just like the first but once on board the seats were torn and ragged. Old pillows and blankets littered the floor. Instead of private screens there was a single tv blaring a horrendous gory zombie movie, no staff ever appeared and the bus was late. I couldn’t wait to be released at the end of the ride! Again, both companies are rated as “the ones” to use but there were clear differences in quality, comfort and experience and only one that I would book for my clients. As I write this I am in the Lima airport awaiting an early flight to Puerto Maldonado- gateway to the Amazon. I had not planned on such an early start but the airline changed the flight time on us – I have since learned that this local airline is infamous for last minute changes, yet another lesson learned through first hand experience. Hopefully there will be no more “negative ” news to share. But be assured that good or bad I will always tell it like it is- my clients deserve no less. My next stop is the Amazon rainforest. No wifi there but I’ll blog again once back in the “real” world.

Want to visit enjoy all the “good” in Peru? Contact me. I will prepare a trip tailored to your wishes.

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PENGUINS in Peru! FLAMINGOS on the Beach! Prehistoric Geoglyph too.

Paracas Posted on Sat, June 17, 2017 18:33:58

A small fishing village about 3 hours from Lima, Paracas is an up and coming tourist destination. The main attractions are the Islas Ballestros and the Paracas National Reserve.

Islas Ballestros: Nicknamed the “Poor Man’s Galapagos “ this island chain is rich in birdlife in the THOUSANDS! Circling above, nesting on the cliffs. And yes, you read the headline correctly, there are Penguins.

The Humboldt Penguin, found only off the coasts of Peru and Chile.

Why must my blog insist on turning some pics sideways?

In addition to the penguins there are Blue Footed Boobys, Peruvian Boobys, Guanay Cormorants, Neotropic cormorants, Red legged Cormorants, Inca Terns, the Tendril, Peruvian Pelicans and sea gulls.

All the white and black specs in the foreground, background and sky are birds.

Amidst this amazing array of bird life are giant red spider crabs above the water line.
And beautiful star fish below,

And of course the requisite Sea Lion and Fur Seal. (blending in the with rocks on the lower right).

The islands are accessible only by tour boats that make regular visits each morning (only, the PM is way to windy to safely go out). Along the way you get a good view of El Candelabra. (Which is really right side up despite the blog program’s insistence!). Carved around 300 years BCE this prehistoric geoglyph can only be seen from the water. It stands about 595 ft. tall and is dug 2 feet deep into the hard sandstone hill (not sand dunes). Theories abound as to who built it and what it represented to them. A sign for seafarers? The Mesoamerican world tree? No one really knows.

Found in the hundreds along the shoreline, these majestic birds are another treat to be had in Paracas. They can be found along the shore line of the Paracas National Preserve: This vast desert abuts the shoreline – those are not sand dunes in the background.

In addition to the sea life at the coast, within the preserve are 300 million year old sea life fossils all over the ground.
This is true desert, no rain, no sand dunes, no cactus. The area is so unique that NASA used it to train for Mars missions.

The Preserve boasts dramatic coast line views and cliffs of multiple colors due to the rich Iron content, salt, quartz veins and other minerals that attest to the volcanic history of the area.
I debated whether to include Paracas, but I am glad I did. The town has a ways to go infrastructure wise but the natural beauty is worth it.

Thanks to the Doubletree Paracas for granting me a travel agent rate that made staying at their beautiful property a reality.

I hope you have enjoyed this snapshot of Paracas and it’s environs. Want to visit Peru? Contact me. I will prepare a trip tailored to your wishes.

Contact Lauren Rock 404-372-3403 or

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